Category: Goal Setting

2019-20 Goal Kick-Off!

Well, it’s the start of another year and I’m taking the time to think about where I might focus my goals. Last year I was heavily invested in captivating learners through the use of iPad in the classroom. This year, my attention continues to focus on iPad technology, although now, as a tool for teachers in the classroom. With this said, I have secured iPads for interested teachers from middle and high school, and plan to work with them to build their skills around productivity, organisation, feedback and the creation of content. I hope to encourage, inspire and challenge participating teachers to think differently about their approach to teaching and learning while supporting them to explore what the iPad might offer.

What I like about challenge is that it tends to be a general focus for me through my current role as Ed Tech Facilitator. I aim to challenge the cycle of convention and design challenging, enriching, and innovative learning tasks to address the diverse interests and needs of students in the 21st Century.

With this said, my goals (at least at this early stage in the year) will be:

  • To develop and carry out a thoughtful and supportive training program for teachers, that opted to receive an iPad, which will challenge the more conventional approach to classroom instruction and feedback.
  • To challenge students to be creative in the way they share their learning by supporting them to develop their skill set and expose them to a variety of tools that are available to them.

Captivate Learning

The Ed Tech team has taken the time to adapt the 7Cs framework for the purposes of coaches and facilitators. This will allow us to trial the framework as per the professional growth pilot while maintaining consistency in our approach to professional learning.

With this in mind, my approach to goals this year will focus on Captivate.

So why the focus on captivate? Besides the fact that this is what I consider my number one responsibility on a daily basis, there are two main initiatives that I am involved in this year that require significant attention, with the overall goal being to captivate learners. I use the term “learners” since I’m referring to both students and teachers in this context.

iPad Pilot Program

iPad technology can be utilised to immerse students in learning that engages them in exploration, creativity, collaboration and more. The purpose of this study is to examine the use of the iPad as an instructional tool through the experiences of classroom teachers and students. It is anticipated that the knowledge generated from this trial will provide new insights into the impact of this device, while reflecting on the current use of the MacBook, on teacher pedagogical behaviours and student learning experiences to inform integration practices in educational practice.

Selection of teachers involved in the trial has been deliberate, ensuring there is a strong commitment to the program and a willingness to modify their learning program to capitalise on the new technology. I am currently working closely with Grade 7 teachers, and in Trimester 3, Grade 6 teachers, to assist them in designing lessons using the iPad to:

  • capture and hold student attention through interactive learning experiences
  • be responsive to student interests, backgrounds and questions
  • trial a range of different apps for the creation of content

 

Professional Growth Pilot

In 2017-18 I was involved in the professional growth strategic initiative to develop a new program to trial in 2018-19. To find out more about this initiative, see the professional growth blog which was used to document the progress of the committee. Professional Learning blogs have been established as a part of this pilot and I definitely feel a sense of responsibility in ensuring this facet of the trial is successful in captivating and engaging teachers in the use of this professional online learning community, teach.

So what does this look like?

  • Faculty post their goal (as I am doing here!) which is aligned with the standards (7Cs) and identify colleagues who will play a supporting role in the attainment of this goal.
  • Evidence to support the progress of this goal is collected and reflected upon at various stages throughout the year.
  • The professional learning community contributes to the ongoing dialogue, in particular, those recognised as playing an immediate role.

 

My goals for 2018-19

  1. To support middle school teachers involved in the pilot to use iPad as an instructional tool to captivate student learning.
  2. To model, encourage and support the use of professional learning blogs as a tool for reflection, showcase and feedback.

 

2017-18 Goal Setting

In consultation with the Ed Tech team we have developed a series of team goals for the 2017-18 school year. These goals, although broad, allow for individuals to develop their own specific focus and contribute in their own way. The goals decided on are:

  1. Model and support a culture of openness and sharing through collaborative practices, public reflection, and celebration.
  2. Articulate, communicate, and facilitate the implementation – with ongoing reflection? –  of a PK-12 Digital Citizenship program/curriculum to all ISB stakeholders (students, teachers & counsellors, admin, parents).
  3. Work with teachers and admin to develop criteria and frameworks that foster continual and sustainable optimization and refinement of our student learning systems, resources, and tools.

Given the emphasis on SMART goals, in developing my own specific focus, I have attempted to be specific, while setting goals that are measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. Though I must admit this is difficult given this is my first year at ISB and I’m not an overly patient person!

In light of this, the first goal I will be working towards is to model reflective practice through blogging professional learning (process and showcase) with the aim of encouraging an active blogging culture at ISB. This relates directly to our first team goal. It is imperative that we, as an Ed Tech team, model an open and supportive blogging culture if we are to expect our students and teachers to think differently about reflection and the learning journey. I will definitely need the support of the team to hold me accountable in this space and through their active engagement and participation throughout my learning journey – sorry all, I need you to read and respond! 

The plan of attack here is to establish a time in my calendar, perhaps fortnightly, and block it off for this purpose. Nothing gets in the way! Is this time commitment a reasonable expectation to place upon myself? I’m aiming to make this a space, to not only document my goals and reflect on progress, but a place to reflect and share professional readings, celebrate student learning and engage in a professional dialogue with my colleagues – Exactly what we are encouraging our students to do.

As an indicator of success, I’m hoping that by the end of the year this blog will be packed with meaningful and considered content that showcases my  journey while demonstrating an openness to reflective practice. I hope to be proud of this space, see it as an opportunity to share and showcase best practice, and, have it considered a collaborative online environment in which our Ed Tech team, and beyond, are active participants.

My second goal for the year is to model the use of DX through the establishment of a sustainable Digital Citizenship program for both Middle and High School. This is a big one and really needs commitment well beyond the school year. The need for support with this is goal is more significant given the reliance on principals, mentoring coordinators and councillors for their recognition of the importance of the program and their support in offering time within an already busy student schedule.

There are really two purposes with this goal and thus it relates to both our second team goal, to articulate, communicate and facilitate the implementation of a Digital Citizenship program yet also connecting with the previous  since the use of DX as the platform is an attempt to encourage a culture of collaborative online communities and the sharing of learning. This is where I wonder, is this goal really SMART given the sheer magnitude of what I am attempting to achieve in the short space of a year?!

First steps involve establishing times in the mentoring schedules for these Digital Citizenship lessons. Middle School, although time is light on, this has now been completed. High School, however, has already proven to be a battle for time. Looking ahead, this has motivated me to get in early for next year and ensure we have a fair time allocation for such a significant program. DX classes are now set up with students, relevant teachers/mentors and we have already started building resources. In fact, last Tuesday Grade 6 were the first to run the workshop on Digital Footprints/Tattooswhich was successful in generating an online conversation, using DX, and the sharing of content. I’m keen to get feedback from teachers, once all Middle School grade levels have completed the first lesson and adapt/build further resources based on this feedback. Establishing a cohesive relationship and ongoing dialogue with grade level teams is the key to success of a program such as this.

I’ll be realistic with this one – Ideally, by the end of the year, the beginnings of a structured, relevant and engaging Digital Citizenship program, for Grades 6-12, is articulated, communicated and facilitated through the use of DX. This will give us something to reflect on and improve the following year.

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